Lions out to achieve goals and hopefully secure success

May 10, 2018

Proving rebound: Stanhope's Emma Hill will be on the hunt for intercepts this weekend.

A few matches are likely to be heading down a one-sided path in Kyabram District Netball League this weekend.

Stanhope lines up against Ardmona and the Lions can certainly put on a big score if allowed free entry into their circle.

Stanhope coach Kerrie Gray was impressed with what her side showed against Dookie United.

Gray was happy with the Lions’ efforts in their seven-goal defeat of United and if they can replicate that should comfortably secure a victory.

‘‘It was hard-fought and everyone played well as a team for a consistent four quarters,’’ Gray said.

But she is not taking the Cats lightly, despite Ardmona going down by 68 goals at the hands of Nagambie last round.

‘‘We normally have a good battle with them and they’re usually quite athletic,’’ Gray said.

‘‘We have challenges to work on ourselves, so that will be the focus of this week and hopefully if we set goals to reach, the rest will fall into place.’’

Jamieson Young, Molly Breen and Emma Hill will all be pivotal ball carriers with Lilly Holden and Chicky Barr set to receive plenty of ball to finish off.

Lancaster and Merrigum will contest one of the tighter matches of the round, although the Bulldogs will be keen to rebound from a loss to Murchison-Toolamba last week.

The Wombats defeated Rushworth in their most recent game and will aim again to stifle Merrigum’s run towards the goal circle.

Girgarre should comfortably account for the Tigers and needs to focus on making its mark against sides in similar ladder positions to them.

Tallygaroopna should control the play against Longwood.

Coming off a heart-stopping one-goal win against Avenel last week the Redlegs have the mindset of a side looking to equal, if not surpass, last year’s runner-up finish.

After shooting 98 goals last week against Ardmona, Nagambie will be aiming for something similar against Violet Town, while the Swans will be looking to rebound against Undera.

Narae Blackwell and Nikki Lord were impressive in Avenel’s narrow defeat and should benefit from their side’s pressure on Saturday.

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